The Invisible Child: Providing support to chronically ill siblings from a distance
Includes a Live Event on 09/29/2022 at 1:00 PM (EDT)
When a child is hospitalized due to illness or injury the entire family is affected including the patient’s siblings. This hospital implemented a sibling program for siblings of chronically ill patients to promote increased sibling engagement, parent education, and sibling presence to optimize sibling coping from afar.
Suggested Domain: Intervention
1. Participants will be able to summarize relevant research regarding sibling outcomes of a chronically ill patient and identify evidence-based practices that can be protective mechanisms to adverse sibling reactions.
2. Participants will be able to replicate and adapt interventions this hospital has been found beneficial to increase sibling engagement.
3. Participants will be able to identify and apply techniques to improve parents perceived benefits of sibling support and engagement of sibling adjustment techniques.
4. Participants will be able to advocate for the need and benefits of sibling support to the multi-disciplinary team.
5. Participants will be able to identify practical ways to utilize volunteers to decrease workload of Child Life specialists managing a clinical unit and sibling support.
Megan Cassani MA, CCLS, RWWP, CIMI, has been a certified Child Life Specialist at Ranken Jordan Pediatric Bridge Hospital since 2014. Megan graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a degree in Human Development and Family Sciences. She has experience working in both inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation with patients of all ages. Megan has worked to develop a family-centered care child life program promoting caregiver and sibling coping as well as family bonding and connectedness.
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